Category Archives: Cars

How to: Honda Civic Type R EP3 Anti Roll Bar Bush Change

I had to change the anti roll bar bushes on my Civic EP3. I was getting a knocking noise, and upon investigation it turned out that they were really loose, and you could basically move the anti roll bar by hand. I got the parts from Eurocarparts (probably not the best quality – would suggest a better Motorfactors), and they were easy to change within 5 minutes with just a 14mm socket!

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3SGTE Crank Bearing Failure

After the bearing failure on my MR2 Turbo, 3SGTE, I’ve been investigating bearing failures.

There are a couple of very good guides which provide an example of a number of different bearing failure modes.

MAHLE / Clevite bearing failure analysis: http://www.wilmink.nl/Clevite/Clevite_lagerschade_tech_info.pdf

More examples after the break
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ESP8266 CAN Bus with MCP2515

I have just bought another ESP8266/NodeMCU development board cheapy from eBay (this one) with an ESP-12E chip on board. I’ve also bought an SPI-CAN bus interface with the common Microchip MCP2515 CAN controller to try and create a CAN-Wifi gateway.

The pinout for the ESP-12E NodeMCU board is apparently as below:
ESP-12E NodeMCU Pinout

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3SGTE Mk2 MR2 Turbo Lambda/Oxygen Sensor Part Number

I had real trouble finding a suitable alternative oxygen/lambda probe for my 1992 Rev 2 MR2 Turbo. I can’t find the original Denso part number at the moment, but I managed to find that a Denso DOX-0107 fits the flange size correctly and is 1-wire, it just requires soldering to the original connector. It’s got a Flange 44 type flange which apparently matches the 3SGTE.

I got it from http://service-parts.co.uk/denso-oxygen-sensor-dox-0107

Update 2020 – This sensor is still working strong! So can confirm it is a suitable alternative to the standard Rev 2 MK2 MR2 Turbo Oxygen Sensor

Rover Mini MPi Inlet Manifold and Throttle Body

I’m embarking on a project to fuel inject my 1987 Austin Mini, which has already had an engine swap from a 998 to a 1098, but currently runs on an HS4 1.5″ single carburettor.

This obviously offers a reasonable level of tunability, with the ability to change needles, dashpot damper springs, dashpot oil and mixture adjustment and is relatively easy to set up for quite a reasonable state of tune, especially now that I have an AFR meter installed.

However, I would like to try fitting an MPI system and develop my own ECU for electronic fuel injection. Due to the ‘Siamese ports’ on the A-Series engine causing┬ácharge robbing, and only having one fuel injector per two ports, this is apparently something that’s difficult to achieve well, which makes me want to do it all the more.

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Innovate Wideband Lambda sensor

I received an Innovate Wideband lambda/oxygen/AFR gauge for Christmas and decided to get it installed on my ’87 classic Mini today. Last year I fitted a new stainless exhaust system with a stainless Maniflow LCB 3-2-1 exhaust header, stainless centre silencer and RC40 millennium twin centre exit DTM back box. The lambda sensor requires fitting a threaded boss into the exhaust. The exaust system has a Y piece where the headers join to the centre pipe, and this is th most appropriate place for a lambda sensor as it measures all cylinders.

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